Ireland

2014

 

Bat Walks in Colligan Wood and Carriganore, Co. Waterford, 14th and 15th of May 2014- MISE Project and Waterford County Bat Group

This summer, the MISE Project is helping to set up a new Waterford County Bat Group and to mark the beginning of the bat survey season this year we are holding two bat walks in County Waterford this month.

On Wednesday the 14th of May we are holding a talk on Ireland’s bats by Andrew Harrington in the Park Hotel, Dungarvan from 8pm-9pm. This will be followed by a walk after dark (approx. 1 hour) in nearby Colligan Wood where we will search for some of the different bat species present here using bat detectors.

On Thursday the 15th of May we will hold another bat talk at the Ramada Viking Hotel on the Cork Road, Waterford, again from 8pm-9pm, followed by a bat walk at the nearby woodland at Carriganore (WIT west campus).

If you are interested in bats and would like to get involved in bat surveys with Waterford County Bat Group this summer, or if you are just curious and want to learn a bit more about Ireland’s bats, we would be delighted to invite you to these events- both are free and all are welcome to attend!

Please bring good walking shoes or wellies and rain gear, and a torch would also be advisable, children under 16 to be accompanied by an adult. For more information on these walks please contact Andrew at aharrington@waterfordcoco.ie or 086-4135544

Colligan Woods Wildlife Walk, 22nd May 2014

As part of International Biodiversity Day and the Bealtaine Festival of Outdoor Science, Andrew Harrington will lead a wildlife walk in Colligan woods, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford on Thursday the 22nd of May 2014, starting from the main car park at 8pm. Find out about the wide range of Ireland’s native woodland and river mammals that live here, including squirrels, pine martens, bats and otters, and the work that the MISE Project is currently carrying out on them. Please bring good walking boots/wellies and rain gear, this walk will take approximately two hours. This event is free and all are welcome to attend! For more information on this walk please contact Andrew ataharrington@waterfordcoco.ie or 086-4135544.

Public Talk: The Wildlife of the Copper Coast, Co. Waterford, 23rd May 2014

As part of European Geopark Week, Andrew Harrington of the MISE Project has been invited to give a talk on the wildlife of the Copper Coast at the Copper Coast Geopark Centre in the old Knockmahon Church, Bunmahon, Co. Waterford, starting at 8pm. The Copper Coast covers the Co. Waterford coastline from Dungarvan to Tramore and has been given the status of both European Geopark and Global Geopark for its geological and mining heritage. However, the area between the Copper Coast and the Comeragh Mountains is also rich in wildlife and has been the epicentre of much of the work that the MISE Project has carried out in Ireland. This talk will focus on some of the work that the MISE Project has carried out in Co. Waterford, and particularly the Copper Coast, including survey work for otters, red squirrels, pine martens, bats and stoats. For more information on this talk please contact Andrew ataharrington@waterfordcoco.ie or 086-4135544, or see contact details for the Copper Coast Geopark Centre athttp://www.coppercoastgeopark.com/contact-us.html.

 

2013

PUBLIC TALK

Where: Gold Coast Golf Resort, Ballinacourty, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Talks will be held in the meeting room located near the holiday lodges

When: Friday September 13th at 6.30 pm

6.30 – 7.00 pm: Peter Turner (MISE):

The MISE Project has been running since April 2011. During that time we have learned about pine marten, otters, squirrels, bats and small mammals in the region. Pete will discuss what we’ve learned about these species and how people have become involved in the project.

7.00 – 7.30 pm:  Liam Lysaght (National Biodiversity Data Centre):

The Mammal Atlas is an exciting initiative that pulls together data from existing recording projects and datasets to provide an overview of the current and historic distribution of Irish mammals. One of the primary aims of the project is to encourage recording of the more common Irish mammals so that a comprehensive picture of their distribution is achieved by 2015. Liam will discuss the work to date, and what we can do to help.

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Check out the The Comeraghs Wild Festival

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Killarney Lakes Otter Survey

Otter survey of the Lakes of Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry on Saturday May 25th. This event is being organised by Cathy Fisher, Kerry Co. Council as part of Biodiversity Week. See more details and booking information here.

Cheekpoint Wildlife Walk, Wednesday 22nd of May 2013

As part of WIT’s Bealtaine Festival of Outdoor Science and International Biodiversity Day, the Mammals in a Sustainable Environment (MISE) Project and Cheekpoint & Faithlegg Development Group are organising a wildlife walk in Cheekpoint on Wednesday the 22nd of May. Come along and find out more about the wide range of woodland and river mammals living here including squirrels, pine martens, otters, stoats. We will finish with a bat walk at twilight (weather permitting!).

This event is free and all are welcome, meeting at the old Moorings Bar, Strand Road, Cheekpoint at 8pm- this walk will take approximately 2 hours. Please bring rain gear and good boots or wellies. Children under 12 to be accompanied by an adult.

For more information contact Andrew Harrington at 086-4135544 or aharrington@waterfordcoco.ie, or visit www.miseproject.ie

Talk on Irish Mammals and the MISE Project

MISE Project Officer, Denise O’Meara, has been invited by the Tolka  Branch of BirdWatch Ireland to give a talk on Irish Mammals, and the work that the MISE Project has been doing over the past two years. This event will be held at 7.30 pm on Thursday 18th  of April 2013 at the Parish Hall of Our Lady of Dolours, (Botanic Ave/Rd corner. http://www.dublinbirding.ie/pages/events.htm

Otter Talk

Sherkin Island, Co. Cork Saturday April 27th at the Islanders Rest Hotel at 6.30 pm. See Here for more information.

2012

Otter Diet Workshop

The Mammals in a Sustainable Environment Project is pleased to invite volunteers to attend an otter dietary workshop with mammal specialist Rob Strachan. The workshop will be a parallel workshop to one that took place earlier this year in Wales. The workshop will take place on Saturday, November 24th at Waterford Institute of Technology. The training will deal with the identification of fish, amphibian and small mammal remains from otter spraints (faeces). We will be identifying the diet of the otters from the Co. Waterford otter survey that is taking place in October.

Waterford Otter Survey, 5th- 7th October 2012

In a repeat of last year’s event, the Mammals in a Sustainable Environment Project organised the second Waterford Otter Survey from October 5th to Sunday October 7th 2012. The same survey sites and methods were used, with the addition of some new survey sites. The results of last year’s otter survey and DNA analysis of otter spraints were also discussed during a talk on the first night of this event. Please read this report for more information on the event and preliminary results.

Tracking Irish Mammals – National Biodiversity Data Centre September 8th

A repeat of last year’s popular one day mammal detective workshop which formed part of the Centre’s 2011 identification workshop programme. Due to the popularity of this years event, a second date has now been added. Bookings: info@biodiversityireland.ie or 051 306 240 (limited to 30 places).

Bat Surveys- in conjunction with Bat Conservation Ireland

We are currently working with Bat Conservation Ireland to help them with some of the bat monitoring programmes that they are currently carrying out in July/August 2012. If you are interested in helping with these surveys in Co. Waterford, please contact Andrew ataharrington@waterfordcoco.ie or 086-4135544, or for surveys ongoing in other counties contact info@batconservationireland.org. Bat Conservation Ireland are currently running training events for their yearly Daubenton’s bat monitoring scheme, for a list of these events please see here.

Waterford Bats in Churches Survey, 24th-25th August 2012

As part of the Waterford Bats in Churches Survey, which is a collaboration between the Mammals in a Sustainable Environment (MISE) Project and Bat Conservation Ireland, MISE organised a survey of bat roosts in churches in Co. Waterford on Saturday the 25th of August.

Colligan Woods Wildlife Walk, 21st August 2012

As part of National Heritage Week, Andrew Harrington will lead a wildlife walk in Colligan woods, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford on Tuesday the 21st of August 2012, starting from the main car park at 7pm. Find out about the wide range of Ireland’s native woodland and river mammals that live here, including squirrels, pine martens, bats and otters, and the work that the MISE Project is currently carrying out on them. Please bring good walking boots/wellies and rain gear, this walk will take approximately two hours. This event is free and all are welcome to attend! For more information on this walk please contact Andrew ataharrington@waterfordcoco.ie or 086-4135544.

Forest Mammal Survey, 18th August 2012

The Mammals in a Sustainable Environment (MISE) Project is pleased to invite volunteers to attend a Forest Mammal Survey on Saturday August 18th, where we will survey for signs of pine marten, fox, deer and squirrels. Scats (faeces) will be collected for DNA analysis at Waterford Institute of Technology and other mammal signs, such as squirrel activity will be recorded with a view to conducting future hair-tube studies in the area. This day long event will start at 8.30 am in the Viking Hotel, Waterford for a short talk and briefing. Volunteers will then be divided into survey teams, led by an experienced member of the MISE team, and allocated one to two woodlands. The event will be finished by 4 pm.

Please bring appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear and a packed lunch. The day will require walking in woodlands and uneven terrain with the possibility of adverse weather conditions. The event is free to attend and no previous experience is required, but places are limited to 20 people and booking is required. Please contact Denise O’Meara, MISE Project Officer at Waterford Institute of Technology at domeara@wit.ie or 051-302665. The MISE project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the Ireland-Wales Programme 2007-2013 (INTERREG IVA).


Ardmore Wildlife Walk, 29th July 2012

As part of the Ardmore Pattern Festival, Andrew Harrington will lead a wildlife walk on Sunday the 29th of July 2012 (“On the Otter Trail”) starting at 10am from the east car park at Whiting Bay, Ardmore, Co. Waterford. This walk will take approximately two hours. As the name suggests, we will focus on how to find signs of the coastal otters living in the area, including spraints (droppings), couches and holts (resting places), and footprints. Andrew will also talk about other wild mammals living in the area which the MISE Project is carrying out surveys on, including stoats, hedgehogs and small mammals. Please bring appropriate footwear and rain gear, this event is free and all are welcome. For more information about the Ardmore Pattern Festival, please visit www.ardmorepatternfestival.ie or for more information on this walk please contact Andrew at aharrington@waterfordcoco.ie or 086-4135544.

“Waterford’s Hidden Wildlife”- MISE talk and walk for International Biodiversity Day, 22nd May 2012

To celebrate International Biodiversity Day, the Mammals in a Sustainable Environment (MISE) Project and Waterford County Council are organising a talk on “Waterford’s Hidden Wildlife” at 7pm on Tuesday the 22nd of May in the Central Library, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. This evening event is free and all are welcome.

Andrew Harrington will talk about the work that the MISE Project is carrying out in County Waterford involving local community groups and volunteers in surveys looking for some of Ireland’s most elusive wild mammals, including otters, squirrels and pine martens.  Following the talk there is an optional field trip to Colligan woods, where Andrew will demonstrate how to find signs of the presence of squirrels and otters.

The event will also be used to launch an appeal to the public in County Waterford to report sightings of red and grey squirrels to the National Biodiversity Data Centre. The red squirrel is native to Ireland but is currently being pushed out of many parts of the country by the introduced grey squirrel, which is originally from North America. Red squirrels are still present in most parts of Waterford, but grey squirrels are known to be currently spreading into the north of the county.

Please contact Andrew Harrington, MISE Project Officer, Waterford County Council ataharrington@waterfordcoco.ie or 086-4135544/051-395502 if you have any queries.

Waterford Bat Monitoring Workshop, 26th May 2012

The Mammals in a Sustainable Environment (MISE) Project, Bat Conservation Ireland (BCIreland) and Waterford County Council are organising a bat detection and monitoring workshop on Saturday the 26th of May 2012 at the Ramada Hotel, Cork Road, Waterford. We will meet at the hotel at 6pm, where Andrew Harrington will give a talk describing the Waterford Bats in Churches Survey, which was recently launched as a pilot project to identify bat roosts in churches. This will be followed by a talk by Tina Aughney of BCIreland, describing the methods used to identify signs of bat activity at roosts, and how BCIreland volunteers monitor bat populations at roosts, particularly the Brown Long-eared Bat.

The talks will be followed by refreshments, after which we will travel to a bat roost to examine the building for bat signs and provide training for monitoring of bat roosts, to be concluded at 10:30pm. We hope that some of the participants of this workshop will be interested in becoming involved in some of BCIreland’s current bat monitoring projects in the summer of 2012, particularly the Brown Long-eared Bat monitoring scheme.

This evening event is free, but places will be limited to thirty and booking is essential.  Please contact Andrew Harrington, MISE Project Officer, Waterford County Council ataharrington@waterfordcoco.ie or 086-4135544/051-395502 for queries and bookings.

Roaringwater Bay Otter event, 22nd-24th June 2012

The Mammals in a Sustainable Environment (MISE) Project in conjunction the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) are pleased to invite you to an information evening about the otters of Roaringwater Bay (RWB) on Friday June 22nd at 7.00 pm at the Baltimore Community Centre. The talk will introduce the audience to the otter research that has been conducted in the area. Dr Addy de Jongh, an otter specialist and head of the Dutch Otterstation Foundation will speak about the radio-tracking study that was conducted in RWB during 2010-2011. The study (involving the NPWS) examined the otter home range sizes, daily activity and overall use of the local environment. The team tagged seven otters during the study and monitored and mapped their activity and movements across the bay.   On Saturday 23rd there will be an otter survey in Baltimore area where volunteers can learn how to spot signs of otter activity and participate in the collection of otter spraints. These spraints will be used for DNA analysis in Waterford Institute of Technology where we can identify the species, sex and individual from the samples.  This event is free to attend, but places are limited and booking is essential. For more information about MISE visit http://www.miseproject.ie/ or find us on Facebook. MISE is funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the Ireland-Wales Programme 2007-2013 (INTERREG IVA). Partners in Ireland include Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford County Council and The National Biodiversity Data Centre. Please contact Denise O’Meara, MISE Project Officer, WIT mailto:domeara@wit.ie or phone 051 302665 for queries and bookings.

An otter swimming (C) Brendan Fennessey

Pine marten scat survey training, 5th May 2012

The Mammals in a Sustainable Environment (MISE) Project in conjunction with the Irish Squirrel and Pine Marten Project held a pine marten scat survey training and trapping demonstration event at Portlaw Woods, Co. Waterford on the 5th of May 2012. This included a demonstration of pine marten trapping (as part of a licensed research project in WIT) and training for pine marten scat surveying. For more information, see this event report.

For more information about the Irish Squirrel and Pine Marten Project at NUI, Galway visit http://www.woodlandmammals.com/.

Small Mammal and Bird of Prey Event, 21st April 2012

The MISE Project worked in conjunction with BirdWatch Ireland (BWI) and South Tipperary County Council (STCC) for this event. The workshop focused on the small mammals which can be found in South Tipperary, how their populations support mammal and bird predators such as barn owls, how to find signs of them by collecting scats, and examining bone fragments from owl pellets. For more information, please see this event report.

South Dublin Mammal Workshop, 3rd March 2012

The MISE Project and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council held a mammal conservation workshop on Saturday the 3rd of March 2012 at Marley House in South County Dublin. This involved talks on squirrels, otters and pine martens and Marley House and field sessions in Marley Park and Kilmashogue Wood. For more information, please see the event report here.

For more information on Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s red squirrel conservation project, please visit http://www.dlrcoco.ie/Parks/redsquirrel.html.

Cheekpoint Otter Training & Survey, 11th February 2012

The MISE Project and the Cheekpoint and Faithlegg Development Group held an otter training and survey day  on Saturday, the 11th of February 2012. This involved a short talk on otter ecology and field signs, which was followed by a survey of the nearby marshes. Please see this event report for more details.

2011

Waterford City Otter Survey Training Day, 11th December 2011

The MISE Project, in conjunction with the Waterford branch of the Irish Wildlife Trust, held an otter survey training day in the saltmarshes on the River Suir at Ballinakill, Waterford City. This involved looking for signs of otters, which we found plenty of, including footprints, spraints (droppings) and resting places (couches). For a full account of the day, please see this report.

Tramore Dunes Small Mammal Survey, 12th & 13th October 2011
We carried out a small-scale survey of small mammals on the salt marshes and sand dune system at the Back Strand in Tramore, Co. Waterford using bait pots. For a report, please see here.
Waterford Otter Survey, 7th-8th October 2011
Johnny Birks/VWT
On the 7th and 8th of October 2012, the MISE Project, assisted by members of the Snowdonia Mammal Group, organised the first Waterford Otter  Survey. This was the first large-scale survey for otters we carried out in Waterford, covering the rivers between Dungarvan and Bunmahon, with training provided by experienced otter surveyors from Wales. For a detailed account of this survey and preliminary results, please see this event report.

Wildlife Walk, Portlaw Woods, 2nd October 2011

As part of National Trails Day, the MISE Project organised a wildlife walk at Portlaw Woods, Co. Waterford on the 2nd of October 2011. Please see this

event report for a more detailed account. For more information on National Trails Day, please see http://www.nationaltrailsday.ie/.

The MISE Launch, 20th May 2011

The  MISE  (Mammals  in  a  Sustainable  Environment)  launch  took  place  on the 20th of  May 2011. This was a special event to introduce our new Ireland – Wales INTERREG IVA project to our  local  community.  This  project  is  a  result  of  more  than  a  year  of  research  and collaboration between the project partners in Ireland and our nearest neighbours in Wales. We  were  joined  by  our  partners  in  Ireland  including  representatives  from  Waterford Institute  of  Technology  (WIT)  and  Waterford  County  Council  (WCC)  and  from  Wales,  we were joined by the Vincent  Wildlife  Trust (VWT), The Countryside Council  of  Wales (CCW) and  Snowdonia  National  Park  (SNP).  We  had  about  60  people  in  attendance  for  the evening’s events. For a report on this event, see here.

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